Seattle, Washington — Ahead of the MLS Cup Championship last month, Jordan Morris was fielding questions about his future with the Seattle Sounders. No, he’s not looking for another team in MLS to win championships with. Instead, he was looking for a move to Europe. It seems that Morris has found that move.
Reports from The Athletic say that Morris will be signing a six-month loan with Swansea City the second-tier Championship this week. The Sounders are still awaiting their MLS schedule for 2021, but a six-month loan would mean that Morris misses only half of the season.
During his media availability at the U.S. men’s national team camp, Morris said conversations were active.
“Definitely some conversations are ongoing with Seattle and in Europe a little bit and I think that, for me, it’s a similar stance of where I was before MLS Cup: If the right offer and the right team comes forward, it’s something that I’d be interested in,” Morris said.
Morris originally sparked European interest in 2016, before signing with the Sounders. After finishing his college career with Stanford, Morris had an option to go to Germany with Werder Bremen. However, he elected to stay in Seattle, where his father is also a team doctor.
In five seasons, Morris has compiled 96 starts in 105 regular-season appearances. In the playoffs, he has started 14 of 16 appearances. He was crowned an MLS Cup champion in 2016 and 2019. In the regular season, he holds 35 goals to his name, with 2016 being his best year with 12 goals.
However, in the last two years, Morris has compiled double-digit scoring seasons, posting 10 goals in 2020 and 2019. But, in 2018, Morris missed out on competition due to a torn ACL. He was named the MLS Comeback Player of the Year Award recipient in 2019.
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— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) January 17, 2021
Just six months or longer for Jordan Morris?
There is still no official confirmation that Morris is heading to Swansea.
The rumors are strong and have credibility, but the official word hasn’t arrived yet. We’ll update our story when there is more to add. For now, reports are saying six months. Morris has made it clear he wants more titles in Seattle. Losing to the Columbus Crew SC to close out 2020 left a sour taste in his mouth.
It’s not like Morris is going to another MLS team. Sounders fans have room to breathe.
Morris going to Swansea, and developing his game, is a win-win for him and Sounders fans.
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— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) January 14, 2021